Small Groups: Changing the World, One Person at a Time
Lost people will only be introduced to Christ when we stop preaching at them and start relating to them. Disciples will only be built into the image of Jesus Christ as we build healthy relationships in close proximity with each other. Lives will be changed for all of eternity to the extent that we can build healthy and close relationships with each other, beginning with the pastor. The world will only be changed as the lives in it are changed.
No One Multiplies Alone
Lead pastors, associate pastors, church planters, campus pastors, and pastors wives are all at risk for dealing with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that can often accompany any kingdom role in ministry. Isolation and loneliness develop for one of three reasons.
Getting Advice From Canada
Reading the many news articles, blogs and social media posts on the Supreme Court decision brought a variety of view points. I agreed with some, disagreed with others and wasn’t sure what to do with more than a few.
Here is the post I enjoyed the most from Carey Nieuwhof: Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders From a Canadian. It doesn’t solve anything but it helps my heart.
Information for Pastors Regarding the Supreme Court Ruling
The June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has sent the church world reeling. Questions like, “How can we protect ourselves as the church?” already have been coming to me. I’ve done a bit of reading on the matter and I share with you a free publication by the Alliance Defending Freedom that outlines what you can do in your bylaws and other policy documents to protect yourself if you choose not to perform same-sex marriages or from your facilities being used for the same purpose.
Champions Banquet Makes Eternal Impact!
Eternity will be changed because of what happened tonight. A year from now, there will be people who know Jesus through these churches that don’t know him now. I do praise our Savior and Lord for working way beyond what we could dream or imagine.
Because we are so digitally connected, most of us take too little time for reflection. Jesus’ life suggest that quiet and unhurried time for prayer and reflection is essential for living a God-honoring life. It would seem impossible to live the life we are called by God to live without reflection
Making an Impact
We all want to change the world, in some way. Most of us believe our call has in some way directed us to make an impact in the relationships and sphere of influence in which we find ourselves. As I study leaders who have made significant differences in our world, I find they come in different shapes and sizes. They are of different personalities, means, passions, visions, genders, ethnicities, and principles they espouse. Their impact is different based upon a lot of external factors, which they can’t control, but there seem to also be three internal states, which critically influence their impact.
HGC Champion Scholarship Announced
We are organizing the Champion Scholarship to fund a Church Consultation project starting before the end of 2015. This will help to completely fund a church that is ready to embrace a new healthy life-cycle to more effectively reach their community for Christ. We are currently accepting applications for the First Annual HGC Champion Scholarship.